You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

New coach, new attitude for Springfield


First-year coach Maurice Douglass brings significant experience to Springfield from his previous stop at Trotwood-Madison, including a state championship in 2011.

But, cautions Douglass, don’t put too much pressure on the Springfield Wildcats too soon.

“Give us a year. We’ll be ready to roll in a year,” Douglass said.

Still, the Wildcats should have some bite in 2014. Thirty-five players who didn’t play football last year are on the roster, including two of the ‘Cats biggest and best offensive linemen. When Douglass started at Trotwood in 2001, the strongest lineman benched 205 pounds. At Springfield, the lowest bench press is 245.

The Wildcats were offensively challenged in 2013 with 13 points per game. But key additions at wide receiver could help remedy that.

Junior quarterback Nick McCaughley (435 yards, 4 touchdowns, 4 interceptions) has looked sharp in scrimmages. Sophomore receiver Danny Davis (6-3, 178) — who has a scholarship offer from Kentucky — hauled in 12 passes for 172 yards and a TD last season.

He’s joined by Shawnee junior transfer Jeremiah Ward (6-5, 212), senior Daeshawn Jackson (6-1, 178), senior Henry Alexander (5-11, 168) and senior Albert Smith. None played football last season, but Douglass said they are “good athletes who have been able to show some great leadership characteristics this summer.”

Senior Phillip Banks leads the ground game, which could churn out some yards behind senior right guard Kordell Looney (6-4, 288), junior right tackle Darius Harper (6-8) and senior left guard Darrick Crochran (6-3, 258), who anchor the offensive line. Looney has offers from Bowling Green and Toledo.

A defense that allowed 28 points per game should be stronger up front with senior defensive ends Trent Gilbert (6-5, 225) and Jason Rowland (6-4, 219), junior nose guard Aaron House (6-0, 258) and defensive tackle Looney. Junior Brayden Underwood (6-2, 190) leads the linebackers. Jackson, Alexander and junior Derrick Roberts (6-1, 160) highlight the secondary.

Shawnee junior transfer Saalih Muhammad (6-3, 200) becomes eligible in Week 6. He threw for 1,296 yards, eight TDs and 6 INTs and rushed for 1,020 yards and 14 TDs last season. He’ll likely see time at either quarterback or strong safety.

Springfield opens the season hosting Trotwood-Madison. The Wildcats’ lone win in 2013 came by forfeit after Trotwood reported the use of an ineligible player.

The game will be Springfield’s first since the shooting death of Jeff Wellington. Wellington, then a junior, was shot and killed trying to help resolve a dispute on April 20. To honor Wellington, the Wildcats will wear decals with his initials on their helmets. Four seniors will carry his jersey to the coin toss on Friday.

“The senior class will be playing for one of their fallen brothers. That’s going to be a very emotional moment because that’ll be the first time they’ll have to suit up without Jeff there,” Douglass said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in

Bengals draft defensive end Willis in third round
Bengals draft defensive end Willis in third round

The Cincinnati Bengals continued their shopping spree for speed Friday night in the third round when they took Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis, whose 4.53 40-yard dash at the Combine was the fastest of any defensive lineman. The pick comes after their first-round selection of wide receiver John Ross, who broke the Combine record with a 4.22...
Cincinnati Bengals stay true to themselves with choice of Joe Mixon
Cincinnati Bengals stay true to themselves with choice of Joe Mixon

Apparently the Cincinnati Bengals are determined to prove they can win without being great on defense. (We already knew they don’t care about bad press, but more on that later.) With their second pick of the 2017 draft, they chose another dynamic offensive player while continuing to wait to address a defense in need of an athleticism upgrade...
Bengals take a gamble on Oklahoma running back Mixon
Bengals take a gamble on Oklahoma running back Mixon

The Cincinnati Bengals gambled Friday night by trading down seven spots in the second round. Whether they won or lost depends on your view on the value of forgiveness, redemption and rehabilitation. Actually, whether they won or lost may not be known for many years, until Joe Mixon exits the NFL as a redeemed or repeat offender. The Bengals drafted...
H.S. Results for 4/28: Valentino perfect in win for Badin

Devon Valentino threw five innings of perfect baseball in Badin’s 14-0 win over Carroll on Friday. Valentino struck out three to earn the win. Offensively Badin racked up 14 hits, with Gavin Matthews and Zac Wilson each hitting a triple and Daunte DeCello doubling twice. Badin, at 10-11 overall, sits atop the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Central...
Bengals draft defensive end in third round
Bengals draft defensive end in third round

After taking offensive players with their first two selections, the Cincinnati Bengals added some help to their pass rush by drafting Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis in the third round with the 73rd overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Willis was a second team All-American last year. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, appearing...
More Stories